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Head on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of car accidents. The injuries and damage caused by these types of accidents can be devastating to an individual and their family. If you or a loved one was involved in a head-on collision, it is vital that you contact an experienced attorney about fighting your case.
In 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported there was a total of 2,568 head-on collisions in Illinois. Of those accidents, 103 were fatal, 1,124 resulted in non-fatal injuries, and 350 produced incapacitating injuries such as broken bones and injuries that disrupt daily routines.
Causes of Head-on Collisions
Road hazards come in many shapes and forms. Below is a list of some of the most common:
- Inattentive driving: the driver is simply not paying attention to what they are doing or the fact that there is a vehicle coming directly at them.
- Weather: inclement weather (e.g., snow or ice) can make it difficult to see traffic lanes and the direction of travel.
- Intoxication: the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Loss of control: vehicle malfunctions, animals or people running out into the roadway, or activities taking place inside the at-fault vehicle can disrupt motor vehicle operation.
The Compensation You Deserve
Under Illinois law, if you are involved in a head-on collision, you may be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, permanent impairment, lost wages, and property damage. Consulting an attorney early on in your case is the best way to ensure that your damages have been properly documented so that you receive fair value for your claim. Also, be sure to seek medical treatment right away if you believe that you have been injured, as more often than not, this is a big factor in the outcome of car accident cases.
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
Call Us Today
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your head-on collision-related auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.